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USF to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in August

Posted at 4:06 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 16:06:49-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of South Florida revealed their new plans on how the school will recognize its graduates.

USF said it will hold a "virtual commencement ceremony" in May for each of its campuses and then hold in-person ceremonies between August 6 and 9.

USF said in a press release that these summer commencement plans are "contingent upon ongoing guidance from federal, state and local government public health officials regarding large gatherings."

The May virtual ceremony will have remarks from the university president, the student body president from each USF campus and other university leaders, USF said in a press release. The ceremonies can be viewed on Saturday, May 9.

USF is also developing creative plans for graduates to interact from afar via social media. More details on this campaign will be shared with students soon.

“I’m deeply sympathetic to our spring 2020 graduates who have had their final semester impacted by the coronavirus in ways no one could have imagined,” USF President Steven Currall said in a press release. “Although traditional on-campus commencement ceremonies won’t be held this May, we have worked diligently to provide alternatives that will give our graduates the recognition they deserve. We know that nothing will be able to replace a traditional commencement ceremony, but it’s important that we plan several activities to express pride and admiration for our graduates and their accomplishments.”